ab·​sor·​ben·​cy | \ əb-ˈsȯr-bən(t)-sē How to pronounce absorbency (audio) , -ˈzȯr-\
plural absorbencies

Definition of absorbency

1 : the quality or state of being absorbent
2 or absorbancy : absorbance

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Each bandage was evaluated absorbency, adhesive properties, sterility, occlusivity, flexibility and brand name. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Miplitas community briefs for the week of June 14," 9 June 2019 Tampons come in different types and sizes — applicator or non-applicator, plastic or cardboard applicator, varying absorbency levels... the list goes on. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Are You Having Trouble Using a Tampon? We Asked an Expert," 26 Mar. 2019 Kimberly-Clark announced the voluntary recall this morning, which only affects lots of regular absorbency U by Kotex Sleek tampons sold throughout the U.S. and Canada. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Some U by Kotex Tampons Have Been Recalled for Unraveling Inside the Body," 12 Dec. 2018 The Kotex recall, announced this week, comes after reports that U by Kotex tampons (the regular absorbency variety) were unraveling or breaking apart when women tried to remove them. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "U by Kotex Tampons Have Been Recalled—Here's What You Need to Know," 13 Dec. 2018 Hydrocotton, Microcotton, Aerocotton, etc.: brand names of manufacturing processes (not to be confused with actual types of cotton) to help increase softness and absorbency. 3. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Find the Best Bath Towels," 19 Jan. 2018 The key to its effectiveness is in the design — a number of layers, each having different speeds of absorbency, Howard said. Diane Mastrull, Philly.com, "Dignity in incontinence? This Philly-area start-up thinks it has the (secret) formula," 21 Mar. 2018 Now, the Food and Drug Administration requires that manufacturers use a set system for measuring tampon absorbency so as not to get into dangerous territory. Korin Miller, SELF, "Can I Really Not Sleep With a Tampon in During My Period?," 23 Jan. 2018 This recycled toilet paper from Seventh Generation average absorbency and softness scores in comparison tests, though consumer testers rated it as rough during usage testing. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Seventh Generation 100% Recycled Bathroom Tissue," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of absorbency

circa 1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for absorbency

absorb(ent) + -ency

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ab·​sor·​ben·​cy | \ əb-ˈsȯr-bən-sē How to pronounce absorbency (audio) , -ˈzȯr-\

Kids Definition of absorbency

: the quality or state of being able to draw in or soak up


ab·​sor·​ben·​cy | \ əb-ˈsȯr-bən-sē How to pronounce absorbency (audio) , -ˈzȯr- How to pronounce absorbency (audio) \
plural absorbencies

Medical Definition of absorbency

1 : the quality or state of being absorbent
2 or absorbancy \ -​bən-​sē How to pronounce absorbancy (audio) \ : absorbance

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